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Copy-left behind: Permissive MIT, Apache open-source licenses on the up as developers snub GNU's GPL

Jan 24, 2020, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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Permissive open-source software licenses continue to gain popularity at the expense of copyleft licenses, according to a forthcoming report from WhiteSource, a biz that makes software licensing management tools.

Permissive licenses include the MIT and Apache 2.0 licenses and are known as such because the permit licensors to do more or less what they want with the covered software, with minimal caveats, and without imposing obligations like sharing code revisions.

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